Rally Chile: Tänak rewarded

Rally Chile: Tänak rewarded

First leader of this Rally of Chile this Friday, Ott Tänak is also in control at the end of the first day. The Estonian is ahead of former leader Teemu Suninen by 4”2. Kalle Rovanperä, who can celebrate his second title in a row this weekend, is only 5th for the moment.

Logic was respected during this first day of the Chile rally. Ott Tänak, in his Ford Puma Rally 1, single-handedly took three of the first six potential scratch times. It is therefore a fair reward for the Estonian if he occupies first place in the provisional ranking this Friday evening. The 2019 WRC world champion was the first leader of the day, before Teemu Suninen (Hyundai) in turn took control.

Tänak recovered them by being the fastest during SS5, before doing it again, thus signing his third scratch time of this first day. Tänak also took the opportunity to increase his lead. In the standings, he is ahead of his rival at the start of the Chilean weekend by 4”2. Elfyn Evans (Toyota), 3rd in this provisional ranking, follows at 12”7. Third in the last special of the day, on the roads of Rio Claro 2, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) occupies 4th place, 27”7 behind Tänak.

Rovanperä: “There was nothing more I could do”

As for Kalle Rovanperä, potential hero of this round which could allow him to officially celebrate his second consecutive world champion title, at only 22 years old, he must be content for the moment with 5th place, far from the best (the young Finn is 38”7 behind the leader), also far from Evans. And knowing that the Welshman must get through in Chile (in any case not finish behind him in the final ranking) to indirectly crown his rival on Sunday, the title holder will perhaps have to wait before being able to pop the champagne for the second year in a row.

“I did a half spin and took a little time to get back to the road. The second passage was ultimately more complicated than the first. The surface is hard but there are no marks and we slip all the time. I couldn’t do anything more,” analyzed Rovanperä, perhaps already in the lead at the next meeting (in Central Europe, end of October).

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